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Rabat – Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and the Environment, Abdelkader Amara, held talks Monday in Rabat, with Ambassador of the United States of America in Morocco, Dwight L. Bush Sr., on ways to promote cooperation in the field of energy, including renewable energy.This meeting was an opportunity to discuss several topics including energy and ways to further promote the Moroccan-American cooperation in the energy field as well as the Free Trade agreement, Amara told the press.The two officials also discussed means to expand the prospects of this cooperation toward sub-Saharan countries, given the particular interest shown by HM King Mohammed VI and President Barack Obama toward the continent, he added, noting that Africa suffers from a shortage of equipment in terms of electrification and energy in general. In a similar statement, the American diplomat said he was “very happy” to be in Morocco, a “longtime friend,” deeming as “constructive” the talks with the Moroccan Minister.This meeting also discussed “the opportunities to work together,” Bush said, noting that they also focused on the commitment of His Majesty the King to expanding access to energy. read more
During its three-week session, the Committee on Human Rights is scheduled to examine reports submitted by the Governments of Ukraine, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Afghanistan and Azerbaijan on measures taken to implement the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.The Committee is also set to discuss follow-up to the Declaration and Programme of Action adopted by the World Conference against Racism, which was held in Durban, South Africa, from 31 August to 7 September 2001.The countries presenting reports are among the 148 States parties to the Covenant, which the UN General Assembly adopted in 1966. The Committee was set up as the monitoring body for the Covenant and periodically examines reports submitted by States parties on their promotion and protection of civil and political rights. Representatives of those Governments will introduce their country reports and respond to oral and written questions by the Committee’s 18 members, who serve in their personal capacity.In her opening address to the Committee, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson stressed that the panel could play a vital role of catalyst by impressing upon States parties to the Covenant the importance of honouring their international obligations. In her statement, Mrs. Robinson also spoke about the 11 September terror attacks against the United States, emphasizing that the UN was uniquely positioned to advance the efforts and to shape the fight against terrorism. The High Commissioner said, however, that she shared the concerns voiced in a number of countries, including by non-governmental organizations, over some of the provisions relating to refugees and asylum seekers contained in a recent Security Council resolution dealing with terrorism.”Other UN Conventions already provide a legal framework for many of the steps that must be taken to eradicate terrorism,” Mrs. Robinson told the Committee, which is meeting for its 73rd session. “These conventions must be implemented in full.”The High Commissioner also emphasized that the terror attacks were the acts of individuals and “should not bring about retribution against one people, or one religion.” In addition, she expressed her deep concern for the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people. “As winter approaches,” Mrs. Robinson said, “an estimated 7.5 million are at risk from starvation unless food and humanitarian assistance reaches them.” read more
The Secretary-General, who will be accompanied by his wife Nane, also wants to help focus international attention on the special development challenges faced by countries like Niger in the sub-Saharan Sahel region and the efforts they have made to tackle these issues, his spokesman told a press briefing.While in Niger, Mr. Annan intends to discuss various regional peace, security and development issues with President Mamadou Tandja, who is also the current chairman of the Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS). In addition, he plans to join the President when he visits a number of humanitarian field projects. His travel plans also call for the Mr. Annan to meet with the UN Country Team in Niamey, local and international development officials and civil society groups in Niger, the spokesman also said. Earlier this month, the UN World Food Programme tripled the funds it had requested to avoid a worsening of the hunger situation for the 2.65 million people most at risk in Niger due to food shortages caused by drought and the worst invasion of crop-devouring locusts in 15 years. read more
by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 28, 2014 3:08 pm MDT Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,445.22, down 9.82 points):Kerr Mines Inc. (TSX:KER). Miner. Down 0.5 cents, or 16.67 per cent, to 2.5 cents on 7.1 million shares.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Down eight cents, or 0.68 per cent, to $11.72 on 5.8 million shares.Athabasca Oil Corp. (TSX:ATH). Oil and gas. Down 47 cents, or 6.83 per cent, to $6.41 on 5.7 million shares. The company sought to reassure investors that it’s working to close the $1.23-billion sale of its Dover oilsands stake to its Chinese partner amid reports of problems with the deal.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace. Down four cents, or 1.10 per cent, to $3.61 on 4.7 million sharesBlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Technology. Down 37 cents, or 3.33 per cent, to $10.75 on 2.7 million shares.Spartan Energy Corp. (TSX:SPE). Oil and gas. Up two cents, or 0.50 per cent, to $4.06 on 2.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:TransAlta Corp. (TSX:TA). Utilities. Down nine cents, or 0.71 per cent, to $12.60 on 503,008 shares. The power producer announced a $580-million plan to build, own and operate a new gas-fired power plant in Western Australia. The 150-megawatt power station will provide electricity to state-owned utility Horizon Power and to a subsidiary of Fortescue Metals Group, a major iron ore producer in the area. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more
“The safety of journalists is quite simply essential to the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of all of us, as well as to the right to development,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said during a panel discussion on the issue held in Geneva.She noted, however, that in recent years, journalists and other media workers are increasingly being targeted with violence. More than a thousand journalists have been killed since 1992 as a direct result of their profession. Also, 2012 and 2013 were among the deadliest years ever, and at least 15 have been killed since the start of this year. “In many States, the perpetrators of these attacks could virtually count on impunity,” she said.Many more journalists have faced violence, harassment and intimidation, including abduction, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, expulsion, illegal surveillance, torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, and sexual violence against women journalists.There has been an increased international awareness in recent years of the frequency with which journalists are attacked because of their work, and the need to ensure greater protection, the High Commissioner noted. Key UN bodies, including the Security Council, the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council have all adopted resolutions condemning such attacks and calling on States to ensure a safe environment for journalists.In addition, in 2012, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) developed the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, which is now being implemented in five pilot countries – Iraq, Nepal, Pakistan, South Sudan, and Tunisia. Initiatives have also been taken by regional organizations.Above all, said Ms. Pillay, there must be an unequivocal political commitment to ensuring that journalists can carry out their work safely. Linked to this is the question of who can be considered to be a journalist.“From a human rights perspective, it is clear: all individuals are entitled to the full protection of their human rights, whether the State recognizes them as ‘journalists’ or not; whether they are professional reporters or ‘citizen journalists’; whether or not they have a degree in journalism; whether they report online or offline.”In terms of good practices, the High Commissioner cited the creation of an early warning and rapid response mechanism to give journalists and other media actors immediate access to the authorities, and to protective measures, when they are threatened. “Most importantly, States must combat impunity,” stressed Ms. Pillay. “Every act of violence committed against a journalist that goes uninvestigated, and unpunished, is an open invitation for further violence. “Ensuring accountability for attacks against journalists is a key element in preventing future attacks,” she added. “Failure to do so may be interpreted as tolerance of, or acquiescence to, violence. The investigation and prosecution of all attacks against journalists through an effective and functioning domestic criminal justice system is imperative, and there must be remedy for the victims.”Promoting the safety of journalists and combatting impunity for those who attack them are central elements within UNESCO’s support for press freedom. The Paris-based agency is committed to advancing freedom of press and safety of journalists, both offline and online, through a variety of actions, including awareness raising, promoting partnerships and coordination of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists.Addressing the panel, UNESCO Deputy Director Getachew Engida highlighted the need for real political commitment from leaders as well as adjustments in the legal system to ensure the safety of journalists. read more
BROWSE Montreal Canadiens There are few things as coveted in Montreal as Canadiens season tickets, and a Quebec man has found that cutting someone out from a long-standing ticket-sharing deal can come at a hefty cost.Quebec Superior Court awarded nearly $45,000 in compensation to Louis Terzopoulos in a judgment this month after he argued successfully that his former brother-in-law, Petros Sakaris, deprived him of his stake in seats they had previously shared for 19 years.The tickets were described in testimony from a sports-marketing expert and former Montreal Canadiens executive as “amongst the best seats in the house” – above the penalty bench, on the centre-ice red line with an unobstructed view.For his part, Sakaris had argued that the tickets at Montreal’s Bell Centre were his alone, that there was never any formal agreement with Terzopoulos, and that as the sole owner of the seats, he offered them to the plaintiff because of their links through marriage.Justice Jeffrey Edwards’ Aug. 1 ruling in the civil suit found that Sakaris didn’t have the right to cut his former brother-in-law out of the tickets.“The overwhelming evidence confirms the existence of an agreement between Petros and Louis pursuant to which Louis had a right to obtain and share from Petros the use of two Montreal Canadiens season tickets,” Edwards wrote.The case was heard over a few days in late June, but the legal fight is not over. Sakaris’s attorney Tom Markakis said in an email his client plans to appeal, declining further comment.After meeting each other through their respective girlfriends – sisters they would go on to marry – the men attended Montreal Canadiens games from time to time. The trial heard they had often discussed owning season tickets, and then Sakaris had the opportunity to snag a pair from a construction company executive who was giving up her seats at the Montreal Forum.They first obtained the tickets for the 1995-96 season and divided the cost of the seats. The hockey club’s policy is that only one individual or company be named on an account, so they agreed that Sakaris would register his.The tickets were transferred to the Canadiens’ current home, now known as the Bell Centre. For years, the pair would split the regular season tickets equally according to their preferences and their availabilities and repeat the same process for playoff tickets.The ruling suggests Terzopoulos’ marriage breakup and difficult divorce proceedings were the trigger for Sakaris denying him the tickets starting in September 2014.“The contractual agreement between Petros and Louis was and should have been treated separately and independently from the marriage breakdown of Louis and Petros’ sister-in-law,” the judge ruled.But instead of coming to a mutual agreement or offering to compensate his ex-brother-in-law, Sakaris decided to deny an agreement ever existed, the judge wrote.“In his testimony, Petros admitted that he refused to provide further tickets to Louis on the basis of the recriminations of his sister-in-law against Louis,” the judge wrote. “In so doing, Petros took the law into his own hands and meted out what he felt was a deserved punishment for Louis.”The court heard Terzopoulos, described in the ruling as “an intense fan of the Montreal Canadiens,” has spent the past five years on a waiting list for tickets and will have to wait about two more given the current wait time. The court noted that even then, the seats that would become available would not be premium seats like those he enjoyed with his former brother-in-law.The judge awarded moral damages of $8,000 for loss of enjoyment of the prime seating during the regular season and the playoffs and another $1,050 for a souvenir Montreal Forum seat that Sakaris refused to give to Terzopoulos. The remainder of the $44,849 represents the value of a half share of the season tickets, legal fees and fees for registering on the waiting list. read more
A female soldier will command infantry troops for the first time having passed one of the British Army’s toughest courses.The soldier, whose name has been withheld for security reasons, attended the course at the Infantry Battle School in the Brecon Beacons, south Wales.Having passed the course, designed to select future infantry leaders, the Telegraph understands the woman will now transfer into a regular infantry Battalion where she could command a section of eight soldiers.The Section Commanders’ Battle Course lasts 16 weeks and is designed to select the best Junior Non-Commissioned Officers to lead infantry soldiers in combat. Soldiers attending the course as Lance Corporals will typically have served around five years and would have been marked out by senior officers as having significant leadership potential.Graduates from the course are not automatically rewarded with promotion to Corporal or appointed as one of three section commanders in a typical infantry platoon.However, passing such an arduous and lengthy test generally marks the individual out as one to watch, with advancement up the ranks usually following in short order. Whilst women have served in combat for many years – the traditional understanding of the ‘front line’ – they have been confined to such roles as intelligence specialists, pilots, linguists and medics. This is the first time a woman has completed the Section Commanders’ Battle Course and been eligible to serve in the infantry alongside male colleagues.The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced in October last year that all roles in the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, including infantry units, were to be opened to females. He paid tribute at the time to the “phenomenal” women already serving in the military. “Women should be judged on their skills and capability,” she said. “The bergen (military rucksack) doesn’t know if you’re male or female.”Parity is paramount. Women need to know they are there because they deserve to be, not because they are a token female.”Women have served in the military since the days of the SOE (the Special Operations Executive; Britain’s wartime spies operating in Nazi-occupied Europe). It was never considered a male or female thing, service was based on competence.”The Army can now choose on skill and ability rather than gender.” Soldiers choose the most covered route as they prepare to attack an enemy position. The Telegraph understands the unnamed woman passed all the tests to the same exacting standards as her male counterparts.Alice Bromage, a former Major who served in the Army for 17 years with operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, considered it a great achievement. Soldiers on the Section Cammanders’ Battle Course tackle Jacob’s Ladder, the eastern ascent of Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons. The Section Commanders’ Battle Course consists of eight weeks of live firing on ranges and a demanding tactics phase lasting equally as long. Hosted in the unforgiving landscape of south Wales, troops are tested in how to organise defensive positions and plan attacks, whilst being pushed to the limits of exhaustion on numerous fitness tests.On arrival, troops have to complete the standard Army Fitness Test: an eight-mile march conducted in the hills around Brecon, carrying 55 lbs of kit with a time limit of one hour 55 minutes. Failure to pass means the soldier is immediately sent back to their unit. Troops must also pass a three-mile run carrying equipment in under 30 minutes. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. read more
Written by Zika BogdanovicJanuary 2018 was a highlight of the Spanish domination in world of handball. Three Spanish coaches on three continents won the continental champions to, once again, show quality of school built on the expansion of ASOBAL in 90’s and 2000’s. One of them, Tunisian national team coach Toni Gerona, in talk for Handball-Planet.com, speaks about goals of the TOP African nation with him on the helm until Tokyo 2020, “secret of Spanish coaches”, handball rules which would like to change and many other things…Toni, part of your deal with Tunisian handball Federation is that you work with players who are in domestic clubs…We decided to work more with players based in Tunisia in preparation for African Championship 2018 last January. For this reason, we worked every week on Monday and Tuesday morning. One week was in the capital, next to South in Sus, where we have a lot of players. We were working with 36 players here in Tunisia and 5-6 who are playing outside. This season there are much more players abroad – 13,14. We keep the same. I work with the clubs, make some programme, but it is different as we have more players outside. Nowadays, conditions in Tunisian clubs are not very good, so we can expect more players to go abroad to play. For the moment, I am here, working with them, following trainings, watching videos, following players all around Europe.Is it better to work with them in Tunisia or to get them from European clubs with some new experience?This is a little bit weird, but the good point in Tunisia is that national team is very important. Domestic competitions will end in November, so that means with local players I can work whole December. We have one month to work. Quality and especially a load of training is not on the same level as in Europe. Players coming in better psychical condition and with better tactical understandings in the national team, but we don’t have time to work with them. With domestic players you have three weeks more, you can only adjust things and make them ready for the competition, but you can’t change a lot of things. To make a change, you need daily work. I miss that here. Clubs in Tunisia need to work more especially in psychical part. Tunisian U18 have five players taller than 200cm and less than 85 kilos. Can you imagine? They don’t work enough in their clubs. However, we have to deal with that.“I NEED A DAILY WORK”After you won all trophies with Qatari El Jaish Sports Club (2015-2017), you began your next journey in the Arab world with gold at African Championship and silver at Mediterranean Games. Tonis “the specialst” for Arab mentality, which is tough issue for many European coaches…For that I need a daily work. The beginning in Doha was hard, difficult, to push them, but we made it. That was the reason to win everything in Qatar, especially in the first year when we played without NT players, Markovic, Stojanovic, Cappote, Malash. Different situation is in Tunisia. We won the African Championship. In this point, Egypt have better players than us, but we played much better like a team. We managed to make very good team with 16 players. All of them have their roles, so that gave us chance to arrive in the final of the Championship in better psychical condition than rival. We lost first half with two goals at the final against Egypt, but in second we were more fresh, we attacked with more power…You played also Final at Mediterranean Games against Croatia…It was a good experience for us. Good chance to play with team like Croatia, good knowledge what we have to do, to make steps forward.Milestone is Tunisia 2020, when you want to beat (probably) Egypt in the final and qualify directly to Tokyo 2020…I signed three-years contract in 2017. My goal was to change psychology of the team, to replace some players and arrive in 2020 with some solid group, knowledge and competence. We had 8 new players at African Championship. The Group is almost done. Good point is that we don’t have 14,15 players, but group of 30 who can play on similar quality. It’s a big group, so we can change players and react in case of injuries. Every player in Tunisia knows that he can be a part of this group if he deserved. Our goal is to be ready for 2020.EGYPT WILL BE STRONGER WITH DAVISEgypt with David Davis could be much danger than before…They will improve a lot with him. He has four or five players outside of the country, so most of the team is at home which means that he will have all the facilities to work. I am sure that Egypt will be stronger with him. We spoke, we will try to help each other to improve. Rivality between two nations is very big. Always is a lot of pressure. We won 2018 African Championship, people expect to repeat it in front of home crowd in 2020, but I am completely sure that Egypt won’t be on level before Davis. We will be stronger also.“WE ARE FAR AWAY FROM TOP EUROPEAN LEVEL”I attended one press-conference during Qatar 2015 with Sead Hasanefendic, the most successful coach of Tunisian NT (4th place at WCh 2015), and witnessed tremendous pressure on coach from media. Tunisian journalists screaming on him, it was total madness. Do you feel the pressure?I agree with you, they lost a little bit reality about situation in handball. You need to check how many players playing at high-level clubs. Maybe they are there, but not with big roles which had Hmam or Tej for example. Some of them are in France, some players in Romania, Jallouz who is starting in Berlin. It’s not the same generation, but true is that media pressure is very high. I will always remember Press conference before African Championship when some journalists asked me “am I ready as I have never lead NT on big competition?”. I told them that I am working for many years in handball (16 years at FC Barcelona) and that I am sure that we can do. Pressure is huge also on players. You know, Islamic revolution is done via social media, all people are always searching on Facebook, all of them have their opinion. After success at African and Medditeranean, I always trying to calm down and say “look, our level now is still far, far away from European level. It is like this. We are far from them psychically and technically..Wael Jallouz began well in Barcelona, but then he went in series of injuries…He was injured after WCh 2017 in France, it was two-three times, it wasn’t fixed, he couldn’t jump and run, so he went down. After that he had problem with eye infection. He playing in defense, improving as he was in Barcelona. He never was in national team since I came here. Of course, if player is injured and not in the playing form, we must take another one. I hope in next EHF week we will have him to see and put him in group. He will be very useful if he would be ready for World Championship 2019.Tunisia had always that kind of strong personalities like Tej or Meganem. Is Jallouz has that personality to be a leader of the team…I want to have few leaders in few different players. Jallouz can help us a lot, but there are also some players which can take this role like Tej, Meganem, had it before.WE WANT MAIN ROUND AT WCH 2019What is your ambition at World Championship 2019 in group with Norway, Denmark, Austria, Chile and Saudi Arabia?Target must be to progress to the Main Round. It will be really hard. We have to beat Chile with Matteo Garalda and Saudia Arabia with Marian Ortega. Austria beat Tunisia last time, Norway and Denmark are much much better than us, but we have to try to find our chances. We must try to beat Norway at the start, first match is tough for anyone, but reality is different, our feet have to be on the ground. If we beat Austria, Chile and Saudi Arabia it will be a big, big success for us.At the end of your journey, hopefully in Tokyo 2020, what will be the results which would make you totally satisfied?Uh, to get Main Round 2019 and win African Championship at home. After that, we could improve result with NT in Rio, where they ended last. That would be nice, with gold from African 2018 and Meditteranean silver medal.TACTICS THE STRONGEST PART OF SPANISH SCHOOLSpanish coaches making tremendous successes all around the world. Where is the secret of Spanish coaching school?We are good cooks. We are able to arrive at different places, to check which kind of ingredients we have and with this we are able to cook something good. It’s a huge difference between, for example, Manolo Cadenas and Valero Rivera styles. They are not the same. Each coach has his own personality. He gave his torch in different teams where he is working. Spanish coaches are generally good in tactical thing, how to play in each moment, to adjust on different task in defense. I am watching a lot of videos of national team and clubs. Where is Spanish coach, there is more order. You can recognize that this team playing on this way in attack and defense. In the same time, there is ability to change some things quickly. Some older schools are orientated to individuals. For example, skills of Danish players are amazing, no one passing better than them, or shooting. They made a lot, but we are giving tactical touch to each team. We are managed to lead teams with ingredients which we have.Where is born school of Spanish coaches?One is from Catalonian coaches, Rivera, Pascual, Sabate, and other from Cental Spain, Manolo Cadenas, Jota, Raul Gonzales, Juan Carlos Pastor. If you check how playing Szeged or La Rioja or Raul with Vardar, it’s similar, of course, with different players, but you can find many similar things.7TH PLAYER OUT – SHOT CLOCK “IN”What makes you nervous nowadays, what you would like to change in handball rules?To remove this seventh player, for sure. It is so boring to see so many goals without goalkeepers. We don’t play basketball, our goal is bigger, I don’t like that shooting without defense. It is like this in the moment and we have to use it, but I don’t really like that. Also, time in attack, we need a shot clock, we have to have 24,30 seconds, I don’t know how much, but it will be very good for handball that is not just criteria of referees. Now, we have six passes, but everything is based on their subjective opinion. Clock will be much better.Where you want to see yourself in five years?I had very good time in Qatar, it is OK in Tunisia, I will try to be a good place and work a lot. I will try to return back to some club, I miss daily work, I miss more competition. I had enough time to learn, see a lot of matches and trainings of other coaches, but I would like to work more, to be in good project where I can make something good – concluded Toni Gerona for Handball-Planet.com. handball interviewToni GeronaTunisia handball ← Previous Story DKB Bundesliga: SC Magdeburg on 6/6, DHfK Leipzig take points from Mannheim! Next Story → KIF Kolding went bankrupt? read more
No other people were involved in the incident and local law enforcement is currently investigation.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the pilot at this time.”© – AFP, 2017Read: London fire: ‘There is a risk we may not be able to identify everybody’ 29,833 Views Short URL I had the shakes. I felt terrible for the people inside. I didn’t know what was going on. It was a horrible sight.“I hope the guys got out okay. It was a horrific scene. I’ve never seen a plane crash, blimp crash, anything like that. It was pretty awful.”World number 55 Charley Hoffman also witnessed the incident.“I was sitting on the seventh tee and my caddie goes, ‘Look at that thing, just blew up.’. And it was going down through the air,” Hoffman said. ‘It was a horrible sight’: Blimp bursts into flames near US Open The pilot was brought to hospital and an investigation has been launched. Jun 15th 2017, 10:11 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I didn’t see it explode, but it definitely just happened when he tapped me on the shoulder. So I saw it fluttering down through the sky.Brandt Snedeker said he had been alerted to the accident by his caddie.“He said ‘The blimp is not looking good.’ I guess it was nose down. I saw a puff of black smoke. I didn’t know it was the blimp,” Snedeker said.Witnesses quoted by local media said it appeared the pilot had parachuted out of the blimp.“We were watching a group finish on 18 and beyond the green we saw the blimp falling,” witness Adam Johnson told the local Action 2 news network. “It appears the pilot parachuted out.”The incident happened at around 11.55am with the opening round of the season’s second major under way at Erin Hills.A statement from the US Golf Association confirming details of the crash said the blimp was not affiliated with the tournament or the US Open broadcast.“First responders were quick to arrive at the scene and the pilot is currently being treated for unknown injuries,” a statement said. Share28 Tweet Email By AFP Thursday 15 Jun 2017, 10:11 PM http://jrnl.ie/3446918 Source: Charlie Riedel/PA ImagesA BLIMP SHOOTING aerial images at the US Open caught fire and crashed with the pilot apparently parachuting from the aircraft as it plummeted to earth before horrified players and spectators today.Golf stars and fans at Erin Hills Golf Course looked on in disbelief as the aircraft could be seen falling from the sky near the venue.Local media reports and video footage of the crash shared on social media indicated a fire on board the blimp before it plunged from the sky.Officials later said the pilot was being treated for injuries. His condition was not known.The dramatic incident was witnessed by several players as they progressed through the opening round of their tournament.“I was teeing off and I looked up and saw it on fire, and I felt sick to my stomach,” American Jamie Lovemark said. 12 Comments read more
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 19, 2017 – Nassau – After the first day of deliberations, the 2017 Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting (CLMM) yielded its first accord, with establishment of the Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform on October 17, 2017 at the conclave at Baha Mar Convention Centre. It was an idea that the Commonwealth’s Secretary General, the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, Q.C. [Baroness], had since she was appointed in April 2016.The new “Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform” is a high-level crime-fighting vehicle. It is governed by the Declaration of the Charter of the Commonwealth of Nations, signed by H.M. The Queen, Elizabeth II, under which 52 nations are united by language, history, culture, and the shared values of Democracy, Rule of Law, International Peace, Freedom of Expression, Separation of Powers, Good Governance, Protecting the Environment, Access to Health, Education, Food and Shelter, Gender Equality, and Human Rights.Since 1931, the members of the Commonwealth of Nations have formed a network in a spirit of cooperation, partnership, and understanding.Baroness Scotland said: “It’s clear that one of the things that joined all of the 52 member states of the Commonwealth — which represents about 2.4 billion people, 60 percent of whom are under the age of 30 — was the Common Law. We have a common language, a common Parliamentary system, and common institutions.“The question therefore is: Look at the challenges that all of our countries face — the legal challenges, whether in relation to criminal justice, civil justice issues, particularly in terms of trade, but also climate change, and a plethora of other issues; we are all therefore, all our countries, looking at the same issues; none of us have sufficient resources to do it on our own –could we create something which will pool the opportunities to share our best practices and our learning?”The Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform was created as an answer to the question.She continued, in this office, which will be on the web: “you will see the laws and the procedures adopted and used by all our 52 member states. The Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform creates a portal which will enable various member states to assist each other in terms of producing toolkits, common legislative programs, frameworks for legislation, but also work in practice. This is a very important moment for us to help save money, save time; and, if we are correct in the way we deliver it, I think we will save lives as well.”Bahamas Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, the Hon. Carl W. Bethel said the conference was extremely enlightening, covering a plethora of topical issues including, local and international, for example, the application of technology in the fight against crime; issues of combating terrorism and terrorist financing; issues in terms of how do we prevent the radicalization of our young people.“We live today in a very violent society on the streets with drug gangs, but we’ve had drug gangs for 30 to 40 years, but never had this level of violence. So, how do we prevent the continued radicalization of even distressed young men in depressed communities? …These are problems that other countries in the Commonwealth face as well, and they’re grappling with the same issues.”The Attorney General further stated that “the Commonwealth has always been a vital tool for those English-speaking or former English dominions or colonies which have embraced the Parliamentary system to share ideas and best practices.”He continued that with the development of the new website, the ‘Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform’, there is “the ability for real time communication throughout the Commonwealth with our colleagues on critical issues.” The Attorney General explained, “with this website now, I am able to access that portal, make contact in real time, obtain technical assistance with other Commonwealth countries that we also have certain similar initiatives with, and also in the U.K. with their Parliamentary persons.”By: Gena Gibbs (BIS)1st insert: Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations, Baroness Scotland chats with Bahamas Attorney General & Minister of Legal Affairs, Senator the Hon. Carl Bethel during the 2017 Commonwealth Law Ministers Meetings (CLMM) at Baha Mar, October 16-19, 2017. Photos show events on Tuesday – also of the law ministers group and some of the proceedings.(BIS Photos/Derek Smith) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: read more
Reddit is testing out a livestream feature called r/pan for the week. Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Reddit announced a limited-time livestreaming feature Monday, which users can try out through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT. Called Reddit Public Access Network, or r/pan in the parlance of the discussion forum site, the feature lets users create and watch live video and vote it up or down.The feature is available this week only, and the company will explore the possibility of a permanent livestream option down the line. “First and foremost, this is about having fun as a Reddit community, and if you all enjoy it, we’ll continue to explore how it might work as an actual feature,” the company said in its announcement.That said, the company was clear that videos shouldn’t have certain kinds of content, including sexual or violent content, illegal activity or “hoax promotion.” Reddit offers discussion forums for nearly every topic imaginable, and the livestream feature has the potential to bring users with vastly different interests into one place. That means Reddit is expecting a huge variety in videos.”As you move further from the top broadcast, the broadcasts you see will be increasingly more random, so we encourage you to explore and vote!” the announcement said. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) See at Turo Post a comment The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Share your voice Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Amazon Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $210 at Best Buy How to turn on Reddit’s new dark mode $60 at Best Buy Now playing: Watch this: Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read DJI Osmo Action preview DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Digital Media Online,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. 1:32 Angela Lang/CNET Sprint $59 at eBay Read Google Home Hub review I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Share your voice What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. 0 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $999 $299 at Amazon Boost Mobile Read the AirPods review 7 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 Chris Monroe/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $6 at Tidal $520 at HP Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See at Amazon See It Tags Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Best Buy Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. The Cheapskate Turo See It $155 at Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview See it Turo: Save $30 on any car rental TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Apple iPhone XS Tags Sarah Tew/CNET See It Rylo Comments Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. read more
Katy ISD Manager of Communications, Maria DiPetta says the book is still welcome in Katy schools. “We do want to clarify that the book has not been banned from Katy ISD. A student can go an check it out at a public library, they can buy the book on-line, they can go and buy it at a bookstore, they can write a report, it has not been banned. But it has been pulled from our shelves,” DiPetta says.She thinks many on social media believe the school district violated policy in removing the book, however DiPetta says board policy actually required the book be pulled from shelves. She says “pervasive vulgarity” is why it will be the responsibility of a committee to determine if the book returns to Katy school libraries. DiPetta, told Houston Public Media that The Diary of a Wimpy Kid went through a similar process. Wikimedia commonsKaty Independent School District has come under fire from the author and fans of a book that has been temporarily pulled from the shelves of libraries in the school district. The controversy started when a parent raised concerns about the language in the book during the November board meeting.Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, and her fans have taken to twitter, critical of “a Texas school district” for banning the book. Thomas seems to believe Katy ISD doesn’t want the story to be told. The book follows a 16 year old black student that witnesses a white police officer shoot her unarmed best friend.Twitter Post @angiecthomas Twitter Post @angiecthomas Twitter Post @angiecthomas Share The committee is being formed to review the complaint. DiPetta couldn’t say when a decision will be reached. read more
The wait is almost over: Stranger Things 3, the third season of the hit Netflix sci-fi series will drop on July 4. But let’s be honest, you’ll probably be binge-watching all eight new episodes in one weekend. It’s OK, Netflix has more in store this July after you’ve left Hawkins, Indiana.Orange Is the New Black returns for its final season on July 26, while Queer Eye‘s Fab Five will be back to transform the stylistically challenged for a fourth season (July 19). It’s also looking to be a good month for anime fans: Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac and Kengan Ashura: Part 1 are both coming to Netflix to complete your summer binge-watching schedule.Here’s everything coming to Netflix in July 2019. If you’re not a subscriber, start your free trial here.July 1Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore Astro Boy Caddyshack Caddyshack 2 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke Cloverfield Designated Survivor: 60 Days Netflix OriginalDisney’s Race to Witch Mountain Frozen River Inkheart Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room Netflix OriginalKill the Irishman Lady in the Water Little Monsters Mean Dreams Mean Streets Megamind Nights in Rodanthe Paul Blart: Mall Cop Philadelphia Rain Man Road House Room on the Broom Scream 3 Starsky & Hutch Swiped Swordfish Taxi Driver The Accountant of Auschwitz The American The Book of Eli The Brothers Grimm The Hangover The Pink Panther The Pink Panther 2 War Against Women Who’s That Knocking at My Door?July 2Bangkok Love Stories: Objects of Affection Netflix OriginalBangkok Love Stories: Plead Netflix OriginalGood Witch (Season 4)July 3The Last Czars Netflix OriginalYummy Mummies (Season 2) Netflix OriginalJuly 4Kakegurui (Season 2)Stranger Things 3 Netflix OriginalJuly 5In The Dark (Season 1)July 6Free Rein (Season 3) Netflix FamilyThe Iron Lady Sicilian Ghost StoryJuly 9Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns KinkyJuly 10Family Reunion Netflix FamilyGrand Designs (Season 10)Grand Designs (Season 15)Parchís: El documental Netflix OriginalJuly 11Cities of Last Things Netflix FilmJuly 123Below: Tales of Arcadia (Part 2) Netflix Family4 latas Netflix FilmBlown Away Netflix OriginalBonus Family (Season 3) Netflix OriginalExtreme Engagement Netflix OriginalKidnapping Stella Netflix FilmLuis Miguel – The Series (Season 1)Point Blank Netflix FilmSmart PeopleTaco Chronicles Netflix OriginalTrue Tunes: Songs Netflix FamilyJuly 13Sorry AngelJuly 16The Break-Up Disney’s The Princess and the Frog Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein Netflix OriginalWynonna Earp (Season 3)July 17Pinky Malinky (Part 3) Netflix FamilyJuly 18Secret Obsession Netflix FilmJuly 19Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: New 2019: Freshly Brewed Netflix OriginalThe Epic Tales of Captain Underpants (Season 3) Netflix FamilyLa casa de papel (Part 3) Netflix OriginalLast Chance U: INDY (Part 2) Netflix OriginalQueer Eye (Season 4) Netflix OriginalSaint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac Netflix AnimeTypewriter Netflix OriginalJuly 22Inglourious BasterdsJuly 24The Great Hack Netflix OriginalJuly 25Another Life Netflix OriginalWorkin’ Moms (Season 2) Netflix OriginalJuly 26Boi Netflix FilmThe Exception Girls With Balls Netflix FilmMy First First Love (Season 2) Netflix OriginalOrange Is the New Black (Season 7) Netflix OriginalThe Son Netflix FilmSugar Rush (Season 2) Netflix OriginalThe Worst Witch (Season 3) Netflix FamilyJuly 29The CroodsJuly 30Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It? Netflix OriginalJuly 31Kengan Ashura: Part 1 Netflix AnimeThe Letdown (Season 2 ) Netflix OriginalThe Red Sea Diving Resort Netflix FilmWentworth (Season 7)More on Geek.com:Here’s Everything Coming to Amazon Prime Video in July 2019Here’s Everything Coming to Hulu in July 2019Best New Anime Streaming on Netflix in 2019 July Ends With a Rare Black MoonHere’s How to See the Full ‘Thunder Moon’ on July 16 Stay on target read more
Register Now » This story originally appeared on Reuters 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Less than half of company boards have the necessary skills to manage the rising threat of cyber attacks, a survey of global investors showed, with four of five respondents suggesting they might blacklist businesses that have been hacked.The research from consultancy firm KPMG, which surveyed 133 institutional investors running a total $3 trillion in assets, also showed that 43 percent of investors believe board members of the companies they invest in have a level of skill and knowledge to manage innovation and risk in the digital world that is unacceptable.”Investors see data breaches as a threat to a company’s material value and feel discouraged in investing in a business that has had its sensitive information compromised,” Malcolm Marshall, global leader of KPMG’s cyber security practice said.KPMG said global investors were waking up to the issue of cyber security following a number of high profile breaches on companies including Sony Pictures Entertainment.Recent attacks on U.S. retailers Home Depot and Target have partly inspired the launch a United States sanctions program to target foreign cyber attackers who threaten U.S. foreign policy, national security or economic stability.Earlier this week, hackers who said they were supporters of Islamic State knocked out channels of French public television station TV5Monde and posted material on its social media feeds to protest against French military action in Iraq.Technology company IBM also said this month that it had uncovered a sophisticated fraud scheme run by cyber criminals in eastern Europe that uses a combination of phishing, malware and phone calls that has cost large and medium-sized U.S. companies more than $1 million.KPMG called on directors to approach cyber security as a broader business risk issue, not just a problem for internal information technology teams.Some 86 percent of those polled said they wanted to see an increase in the amount of time board members spend on protecting their businesses from hackers.”There is an expectation from investors for businesses to increase their cyber capabilities from top to bottom, including the board. In a world where breaches are common, is reasonable to expect boards to have prepared themselves,” Marshall added. (Reporting By Sinead Cruise. Editing by Jane Merriman) April 15, 2015 read more
How did you end up making music for “Desperate Housewives,” and what was the experience like?I was working for Steve Jablonsky as his first assistant, and he began making music for “Desperate Housewives.” At the beginning we thought it was some sort of reality show, but it was a success. They wanted Danny Elfman to make the music: he composed the show’s main theme, and for the first three episodes they wanted a similar sound to his. Steve had written a demo for them and every time they needed music they would use his demo. They liked it so much that they then called him and asked him if he would like to compose the music. From the fourth episode onward the music is his.I began composing every time I went to his studio and showed him what I had done. It was there when I began composing for him and for the show. The more music I composed, the more it was used for the show. He was focusing on movies and would delegate more responsibility to me for “Housewives.” This show had a bit of everything: comedy, drama, romance. There was a lot to choose from musically.Which has been your favorite work?The work that I did with Editus is something that I’m very proud of. I loved collaborating with other musicians. There’s something magical that happens when you record with someone else. The last piece I composed was a demo I made for some people in San Francisco who make virtual instruments. I created a composition for an electric cello. The song was missing something: a voice. I asked my daughter if she wanted to sing. At first she said no. Twenty minutes afterwards, she came into the studio and put on the headphones. She sang. It was only a melody, no lyrics. It’s not necessarily the best composition, but the moment spent with her was very nice; the experience of being with her and creating music with her. So right now, that would be the musical piece I’d tell you about. I like it because my daughter is singing in it.Check out Schlosser’s “Parzival & Art3mis” recorded with his daughter: Related posts:5 questions for Costa Rican actor Radek Lord 5 questions for Costa Rican DJ Esteban Howell 5 questions for film director Juan Feldman 5 question for a Costa Rican painter Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pieter Schlosser, a California-based composer whose music you have almost certainly heard in a film, TV show or video game, counts Costa Rica among several countries he has called home during his very international 35 years. Born in Guatemala, Schosser also lived in Austria and Panama before moving to Costa Rica at the age of 15. While he had been involved in music throughout his life, he says it is here that he got serious about music, taking saxophone lessons with Javier Valerio and playing with the Costa Rican Symphony’s Intermediate and Advanced levels.The Humboldt School graduate majored in film scoring and music production and engineering at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since then, his work has included collaborations with famed Costa Rican band Editus, music scores for shows such as NBC’s “You, Me, and The Apocalypse,” “The Lying Game” and “The Client List,” and additional music for “Transformers,” “Resurrection,” and “Desperate Housewives.” He has also collaborated with music for video games such as “The Sims III,” “Gears of War II,” and “Gears of War III.”The Tico Times spoke with this talented musician who focuses on transforming emotions into music. Excerpts follow.Why did you choose musical composition focused on film scoring?The best example that everyone refers to is “Star Wars” and John Williams. Without his music, it wouldn’t be half the film we know. John Williams is someone who I’ve always thought of as a reference. I’d say he’s the one who decided my future as a musician.I began working with film scoring. Lately, I’ve been working more on music for TV. I like the idea of extracting the emotions that film or television are showing me. Music can completely transform a scene. It can be a very intense scene about love, and if I place comical music in it, it will become ridiculous. Maybe with one or two notes I can communicate what the actors are not saying. The idea is to extract the emotion from the movie or TV show: not necessarily tell the audience what to feel, but complement what the visual part is communicating.How do you make the audience identify with what is happening?There’s no [single] answer to that question. Emotions can be communicated through 60 musicians playing one single note, or by a single guitarist playing a thousand notes. It all depends on the producers’ or director’s visions. The way in which you extract the emotions is what I’m trying to figure out every time I sit down in front of the computer. It’s all about what the scene, director, and actors are telling me. Maybe it’s even about what they’re not telling me.The best example of a show with great music communicating a comical feeling is “Tom and Jerry.” It had spectacular music and it was all done live. You had 80 musicians recording every note you listen to in the show. Everything was synchronized with the music. The show had Tom, Jerry, and the music; the music was another character all its own. There’s a musical term in film scoring called Mickey Mousing. It’s about accentuating every movement with an instrument or musical phrase, and that show has it.If it’s for children, everything is way more obvious. If it’s for adults, it depends whether it’s a drama or comedy. Comedy is much more difficult for me. You have to be very careful to avoid selling out the joke before it appears on the screen. You also have to make sure it’s not too late. As a spectator I want you to feel what I’m doing without you noticing it right away. The moment in which the music is not there, you ask yourself what happened. I’m often told to place music in a certain place, but what if we leave it without music? I don’t want to tell people what to feel.How does the process for video games, films and TV shows differ?A film and a TV show are similar in the sense that it’s something linear; the difference is that in a film you have an arc that lasts 90 minutes, and in TV you have acts, about four or five acts that last eight minutes each, more or less, divided by space for advertisements. Each act is constructed in a way in which people wonder what’s going to happen next and must keep watching the same channel. I’ve got to do the same thing with the music. For films you have much more space to create a theme and a more fluent arc.Video games are not linear because the user decides where he or she’s going. If they go somewhere, monsters might appear or nothing might happen. It’s constructed in a manner in which the user decides what happens next. One music piece might have five different tracks and each track is independent from each other. You might start off with a bit of tension and very little movement, but then a guy appears and he wants to kill you. You’ve got to integrate different tracks to build up the tension. It’s a very technical thing that the console does by itself. Depending on what the player does, the tracks are activated. If you get nowhere in the game, the musical piece might only reach certain level. Facebook Comments read more
Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Repurchases 2014-11-20 Seth Welborn November 20, 2014 568 Views Fannie, Freddie Tweak Mortgage Repurchase Reqs At the direction of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced on Thursday updates to their life-of-loan representation and warranty framework in order to provide clarity for lenders regarding the potential risk for repurchase.The clarification of life-of-loan exclusions announced by the GSEs are meant to provide more certainty to lenders and borrowers alike, which will “increase access to credit without compromising safety and soundness,” according to a prepared statement by FHFA Director Mel Watt.”The release of details today by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac clarifying the definition of life-of-loan exclusions and when they apply is a positive step forward for housing finance,” Watt said in his statement. “Concerns about when a mortgage loan might be subject to repurchase, along with other market factors, have contributed to increased credit overlays that drive up lending costs and reduce access to credit.”For Fannie Mae, the new framework guidelines provide specific requirements under which lenders can seek a repurchase after they are granted relief. One particular clarification made in Thursday’s updates relates to misrepresentations or data inaccuracies around the loan that surface post-relief date – Fannie Mae will seek repurchase on these loans only after is that Fannie Mae will seek repurchase of a loan after administering a “significance test” to determine if Fannie Mae would not have purchased the loan in the first place had the misrepresentations or inaccuracies been known prior to the relief date.Currently, lenders are granted relief on many representations if one of three requirements is met: The borrower makes timely payments on most loans for 36 months, the borrower makes timely payments on Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) or Refi Plus loans for 12 months, or if the loan passes a quality control review administered by Fannie Mae.Fannie Mae also announced it will seek repurchase on a loan either before or after relief is obtained under the framework if “it determines the failure to comply would impair its rights under the note or mortgage or result in direct liability by Fannie Mae under the law, or if the lender may have violated a consumer protection or other law or regulation that is specifically listed in today’s announcement.””The clarity and certainty we’re providing today is crucial for lenders to increase access to mortgage credit,” said Andrew Bon Salle, EVP of Single-Family Underwriting, Pricing, and Capital Markets for Fannie Mae. “There are qualified borrowers who are not being served in today’s market. With this clarity, lenders should have greater confidence in lending to Fannie Mae’s full credit standards and making mortgages available to more borrowers.”Freddie Mac announced that it will implement a similar significance test to the one Fannie Mae will administer in order protect the enterprise against fraud, misrepresentations, or data inaccuracies in regards to a loan. Freddie Mac also announced that the updates will be retroactive to mortgages that settled with the enterprise on or after January 1, 2013. In addition, Freddie Mac will be updating the “compliance with law” definition in its Selling Guide in order to “provide more certainty on how Freddie Mac will enforce remedies for compliance with laws,” according to Thursday’s announcement.”Today’s announcement goes a long way in providing clarity and certainty to lenders as to when a loan will be subject to a repurchase,” said Dave Lowman, EVP of Single Family Business at Freddie Mac. “Lenders have been specifically concerned that the life of loan exclusions could undermine the selling representation and warranty relief, leaving a back door for the GSE to put loans back to them after granting relief. Addressing these concerns by providing tighter definitions and clarity should encourage Sellers to serve a broader range of qualified borrowers.” Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market read more
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